A waddle of lovable penguins were in for a treat recently as Cotswold Wildlife Park celebrated the species at a special event.
Families were able to get up close to the Humboldt penguins as part of World Penguin Day.
There are 26 penguins at the west Oxfordshire park’s colony, including three chicks from last year’s breeding season.
Fans queued up for the feeding time experience when the penguins were treated to fish multiple times throughout the day.
There was a stall set up by the wildlife park team with a raffle and games to raise funds for the charity Sphenisco dedicated to the conservation of Humboldt penguins.
A world record attempt was also staged to mark the occasion in which bird keeper Helen Lawless was put to the test to see how many times she could ‘penguin jump’ in 30 seconds.
The keeper managed to beat the current number of about 53 and has submitted her attempt of 72 jumps.
Helen said the day was ‘an absolute success’. She added: “Everyone had a fantastic time. The highlight being the public feed at midday when visitors had the opportunity to feed the penguins for a £1 donation to Sphenisco. Everyone loved getting up close and personal with our penguins and it was great to see so many smiling faces.”
The park’s oldest penguin pair, Yogi and Dale, attracted lots of attention.
The couple, together for more than 20 years, produced a chick last breeding season called Lucky.
JJ and Ted also produced chicks last breeding season – Theodore and Houdini. It was the first time they parent-reared their own chicks.
In other penguin related news, two more Humboldt penguins – Widget and Pringle – proved a big hit as they pitter-pattered into a specialist dementia care home in Bampton.
Nearly 30 Year 2 children from Witney Community Primary School joined staff and guests at Rosebank Care Home to celebrate World Penguin Day on April 25.